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Previously, we’ve discussed the importance of mindfulness and individual willpower in seeking direction in recovery.  Both are crucial pieces and are necessary for a healthy inpatient or outpatient rehab experience and to better shape a lifestyle after addiction.  More than that, though, everyone involved in this process needs to have a certain level of mental readjustment: not only the patients, but the medical professionals, psychiatrists, friends, family, and others.

How to Foster More Positive Direction in Recovery

Part of the point of mindfulness is that it fosters a well-rounded and positive mental environment for the individual who is working through recovery.  However, if that person is then surrounded by a negative or otherwise unhelpful, exterior environment, then he or she will find things just as difficult as when their own mind was the only ‘enemy.’  Mindfulness can provide clearer direction in recovery, but it has to be encouraged on all sides, which is why this strategy is important for everyone who wants to see that person do well.

“In psychology… mindfulness refers to being aware of the factors in your environment that drive your behavior.”  Consider, as an example, the parent of a teen who is struggling with drug abuse.  The parent might react out of stress and exude increased frustration with the child who may then have even more difficulty trying to abstain from the substance use, given the distressing home environment.  That parent should then reflect inwardly and think along the lines of what is directly causing my stress, which then makes things harder for my son or daughter?  It may be that the parent is extremely worried about harm befalling their child, but unfortunately the way in which they deal with this fear can make that possibility of drug use even more likely than before.  However, if that parent then realizes this potentially dangerous situation, he or she may seek another way to acknowledge those feelings, such as in a support group.  Then, he or she can then work more on encouraging a more positive direction in recovery that involves more compassionate interactions with the child.

In a lot of sources, mindfulness is thought of actively living in the present.  It sounds strange, but most people forget to do this and have even forgotten how to do it entirely, often fixating on an hour later, a day later, or even years into the future.  Conversely, many dwell on the past and are mired in what they perceive to be unchangeable mistakes.  Both of these states of mind are detriments to moving in a more positive direction in recovery, considering that they are unable to live in the now.  All involved parties need to be able to take things one step at a time, to notice the events in a day that bring on certain thoughts and emotions and then how to adjust in order to combat them in the healthiest and most productive way.  This mindfulness “[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][makes] us alert to, and welcoming of, the world around us.”

That doesn’t meant that it’s easy to adopt an entirely new mindset or that you’re expected to do it on your own.  People can more easily begin in a new direction in recovery if they have a support system: a few others who are also using the practice of mindfulness to examine their own daily interactions.  Both external and internal sources of stress, such as criticism, can cause you to slip and lose the control and sobriety you may have been building up.  Instead, make a point of having daily reminders that “self-acceptance and forgiveness—especially in the face of stress and failure—enhance people’s capacity for changing negative behaviors.”  Again, patients aren’t the only ones who need to be reminded of this, because the reactions and words of others can have just as strong of an impact for better or for worse.

Never underestimate the power that a person’s own mind can have over them.  Also, don’t forget how important it is that that same person is surrounded by an environment that is nurturing, encouraging healthy direction in recovery and fostering positive thinking.  Without those anchors, it’s difficult to make a true recovery.  They may be difficult to see and identify at times, but people have “possibilities for self-change, rather than of being caught in an irresistible biological force field.”  Change is always possible.

For more information about getting professional help in seeking new direction in recovery, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

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At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both rehabilitation for alcohol and drugs, both inpatient and outpatient rehab. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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